Weekend Links, Vol. #99

Welcome to another edition of weekend links! Each week, bluestockings staff curates a collection of links that reflect our mission as an anti-oppressive and intersectional publication. This week we are centering the celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day and the resilience of Native communities.

Uprooting Colonialism: The Limitations Of Indigenous Peoples’ Day

“We’re all for removing colonial symbols and nationalistic myths, so long as structures such as colonialism and racism go along with them. Problem is they are not. These edicts are readily embraced by their advocates as “steps in the right direction” for Indigenous interests, yet—as we’ll assert here—only serve to calcify colonial rule. What else are we to glean from superficial declarations handed down by occupying governing bodies?”

Read this Twitter thread by @CaribeIndigena discussing Mestizaje and Latin American Indigenous communities

Image found on bitchmedia.org
Image found on bitchmedia.org

In 2015, bitch media interviewed Buffy Sainte-Marie, an Indigenous activist and musician who has been engaged in political work since the 1960s

Check out The Henceforward Podcast, which aims to “to examine settler colonialism and antiblackness as entwined historical and contemporary social structures”.  Their most recent episode discusses the meaning and importance of water.

How the traditional indigenous practice of beading can lead to frank talk about sex

It’s one of the many ways the Network is breaking new ground and effectively breaking the ice, stereotypes and shame surrounding sex in indigenous communities. The impact of colonialization, with its attempted eradication of native cultures, has translated into troubling statistics for present-day native communities. Residential schools, the outlawing of life-cycle ceremonies, policies that enforced assimilation to pan-European culture – all contributed to a loss of knowledge and a legacy of trauma, Konsmo says.”

Photo: Melinda Lee, found on truth-out.org
Photo: Melinda Lee, found on Truth-Out.org

A throwback to last year’s #NoDAPL protests in this Truth-Out interview with Black activists who joined Indigenous people in protest

Read this piece by Lauren Mei-Singh recounting the ways in which Hawaiian activists have fought against the militarization of Hawaii, through their relationships with sharks

“In the face of repetitive dispossession engendered by military occupation and its auxiliary police state, stories of sharks represent a territorial practice, a spatial expression of power in a place that people have a vested interest in defending and securing. Sharks propose models of governance and accountability predicated on familial relationships amongst and between humans and our environment—as opposed to militarized national defense. These mo‘olelo depict relationality as the basis of protection, rather than fear. The human-shark relationship disrupts colonial hierarchies that place humans above the natural world, sharing a model of sustainability that recognizes ancestral obligations to place.”

 Additional Links We Like:

Left image of Marsha P. Johnson found on TeenVogue.com. Right image of Reina Gossett found on her Instagram page, @reinaxgosset.
Left image of Marsha P. Johnson found on TeenVogue.com. Right image of Reina Gossett found on her Instagram page, @reinaxgosset.

The archival work of Reina Gossett, a Black trans woman and activist, for a documentary about Marsha P. Johnson was recently stolen by a white filmmaker for the Netflix film, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson.

Read Reina Gossett’s instagram post about it here and Janet Mock’s Twitter thread on the situation here

Support Reina Gossett’s documentary by donating!

Check out “Five Ways to Redistribute Social Capital in Activist Spaces” and consider ways you can incorporate these practices into your activism

Image found on thefader.com.
Image found on thefader.com.

R&B singer, Kelela, released her debut album last week and was interviewed by FADER Magazine. Read her cover story here

OkayAfrica interviewed Richard Akuson, creator of “A Nasty Boy” magazine, the “gender-noncomforming magazine turning Nigerian conservatism on its head”.

i-D magazine interviewed artist Mykki Blanco about “Out of This World”

“Hosted by musician Mykki Blanco, Out of This World meets a diverse group of performers and creators in Jo’burg — exploring the queer scene they have carved out for themselves in South Africa’s biggest city.”

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Additional Links We Like:

Left image of Marsha P. Johnson found on TeenVogue.com. Right image of Reina Gossett found on her Instagram page, @reinaxgosset.
Left image of Marsha P. Johnson found on TeenVogue.com. Right image of Reina Gossett found on her Instagram page, @reinaxgosset.

The archival work of Reina Gossett, a Black trans woman and activist, for a documentary about Marsha P. Johnson was recently stolen by a white filmmaker for the Netflix film, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson.

Read Reina Gossett’s instagram post about it here and Janet Mock’s Twitter thread on the situation here

Support Reina Gossett’s documentary by donating!

Check out “Five Ways to Redistribute Social Capital in Activist Spaces” and consider ways you can incorporate these practices into your activism

Image found on thefader.com.
Image found on thefader.com.

R&B singer, Kelela, released her debut album last week and was interviewed by FADER Magazine. Read her cover story here

OkayAfrica interviewed Richard Akuson, creator of “A Nasty Boy” magazine, the “gender-noncomforming magazine turning Nigerian conservatism on its head”.

i-D magazine interviewed artist Mykki Blanco about “Out of This World”

“Hosted by musician Mykki Blanco, Out of This World meets a diverse group of performers and creators in Jo’burg — exploring the queer scene they have carved out for themselves in South Africa’s biggest city.”

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